Terrestrial Biologist, San Francisco, California

Pacific Gas & Electric
San Francisco, CA
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Requisition ID # 94542 Job Category : Engineering / Science Job Level : Individual Contributor Business Unit: Shared Services Job Location : San Francisco Department Overview The Environmental Management Short Cycle Team includes a staff of approximately 40 environmental professionals who provide support to the Gas and Electric Distribution and Electric Transmission lines of business (LOBs). Our work requires close integration between our team of environmental professionals, as well as with law, environmental programs, and the LOBs we support. This terrestrial biologist position will support our team by reviewing and screening projects located throughout PG&E’s service territory for environmental risks associated with the state and federal endangered species Acts. Our Environmental Management team is responsible for providing land and environmental support to the Company’s approximate 140,000 miles of electric distribution lines, with a specific focus on the approximate 25,000 miles identified as within extreme and elevated wildfire risk areas. We establish goals related to safety, customer service, affordability, land management and environmental compliance that require a collaborative, cross-functional effort of employees across the Company. Position Summary This is a Journey-level Terrestrial Biologist position that works under the general direction of senior biologists and a direct Supervisor. The Journey-Level Terrestrial Biologist is responsible for small-to-moderate size projects throughout the PG&E service territory. The Journey-Level Terrestrial Biologist participates on interdisciplinary teams utilizing intermediate-level knowledge of principles related to job responsibilities, utility operations, PG&E's environmental management goals and objectives, and business processes. The position is expected to use independent judgment; enhanced verbal and written communication skills, and have the ability to work with minimal supervision. The Journey-Level Terrestrial Biologist possesses an intermediate-level knowledge and understanding of local standards, ordinances, state, and federal laws, including Habitat Conservation Plans, pertaining to technical job responsibilities and can demonstrate successful management of primarily small Company projects associated with routine maintenance and work requested by others. The Journey-Level Terrestrial Biologist is responsible for the development and implementation of assigned projects, spending a portion of time participating in or directing technical work in the field and managing contractor support. The position requires a working knowledge of industry practices, standards, and equipment; Responsibilities may include Privileged and Confidential work. Assignments typically require standard solutions and may include an increased level of innovation on a periodic basis. Under limited general direction, independently plans work to meet assigned objectives; progress is reviewed periodically for technical accuracy and adequacy in process and upon completion. This position will be located in San Francisco, CA. Travel is estimated to be about 10% of the time throughout PG&E's service territory. This is an ESC represented exempt classification currently subject to collective bargaining. Job Responsibilities Peer oversight and supervision is provided as needed. The need for supervision is expected to decrease with increased time in the position. Job duties will include but are not limited to: Safety: Performs all work in accordance with PG&E safety goals and practices Completes all required safety training Promotes safety awareness Project Planning and Workload Management: Actively support biological work for assigned projects Provide timely input to project schedules identifying known or likely requirements for seasonal bio-fieldwork and seasonal work constraints due to environmental issues Plan and schedules all surveys, monitoring and compliance work to meet regulatory requirements Ensure Project workload (including in-house and contract labor) is tracked and that targets (both schedule and budget) are met. Ensure proper coordination, staff utilization and satisfactory completion of all assigned work Project Communication: Coordinate with Project Managers and job owners to facilitate scheduling and work execution. Relationship Management: Work closely with senior staff and other technical disciplines to develop appropriate permitting/licensing and mitigation strategies Represent the company in agency/stakeholder interactions and negotiations to best meet the goals and objectives of PG&E while maintaining compliance with all state and federal guidelines and laws Develop and/or reviews agency or public meeting presentations for projects you are assigned and ensure that the presentation is factually accurate and based on sound scientific principles Assist in project communications and negotiations with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders on sensitive biological issues Technical Project Management: As a member of a multidisciplinary project team, develop scope, schedule, and budget as the technical lead for the biological work component Assist in development of strategic permitting and licensing guidance for business partners and contractors Understand and Implement functions of the Company’s Habitat Conservation Plans Manage and provides technical oversight to contractors Helps develop technical responses to agency/NGO comments or requests for data Technical Quality Assurance: Ensures that all technical work (contractor or self-generated) meets the current standards required by regulatory agencies Supports technical consistency across lines of business, unit, and multiple projects Cost/ Schedule Management: Provides technical and administrative oversight for contracted work Work to meet all schedule and deliverable commitments on or before the planned due date Contractor Selection: Develops technical scope of work and requests for proposals Supports company strategic sourcing and diversity supplier initiatives Conducts proposal evaluations and select successful bidder Hiring Leader Name: Ryan Matthew Brown < > Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.
Qualifications Minimum: BS/BA degree in Natural Resources, Botany, Biology, Ecology, or related sciences with direct application to current job responsibilities. 4 years of relevant industry or resource agency experience Must possess a valid California Driver's License Desired: Possesses intermediate-level knowledge of principles related to job responsibilities Possesses an intermediate-level knowledge and understanding of local standards and ordinances, as well as state, and federal laws that pertain to biological resources Effectively manages small to medium sized projects or tasks (scope, schedule and budget). Effectively manages multiple assignments concurrently. Demonstrated process and procedures improvement Problem solving and uses independent judgment in applying appropriate principles and techniques in a broad range of situations to arrive at optimum solutions from the standpoint of risk tolerance, practicality, and cost-effectiveness Can contemplate risk-based approach to large work volumes of utility maintenance work Embraces technology and is proficient in database management Experience using Salesforce, GoogleEarth, SAP, and Microsoft Office
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Jennifer Litteral
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